The science behind the sixth seal: Revelation 6:12

The science behind the earthquake that shook Southern New England

Did you feel it? At 9:10 am EST Sunday morning, a Magnitude 3.6 earthquake struck just south of Bliss Corner, Massachusetts, which is a census-designated place in Dartmouth. If you felt it, report it!

While minor earthquakes do happen from time to time in New England, tremors that are felt by a large number of people and that cause damage are rare.

Earthquake Report

The earthquake was originally measured as a magnitude 4.2 on the Richter scale by the United States Geological Surgey (USGS) before changing to a 3.6.

Earthquakes in New England and most places east of the Rocky Mountains are much different than the ones that occur along well-known fault lines in California and along the West Coast.

Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts fall nearly in the center of the North American Plate, one of 15 (seven primary, eight secondary) that cover the Earth.

Earth’s tectonic plates

Tectonic plates move ever-so-slowly, and as they either push into each other, pull apart, or slide side-by-side, earthquakes are possible within the bedrock, usually miles deep.

Most of New England’s and Long Island’s bedrock was assembled as continents collided to form a supercontinent 500-300 million years ago, raising the northern Appalachian Mountains.

Plate tectonics (Courtesy: Encyclopaedia Britannica)

Fault lines left over from the creation of the Appalachian Mountains can still lead to earthquakes locally, and many faults remain undetected. According to the USGS, few, if any, earthquakes in New England can be linked to named faults.

While earthquakes in New England are generally much weaker compared to those on defined fault lines, their reach is still impressive. Sunday’s 3.6 was felt in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, and New Hampshire.

USGS Community Internet Intensity Map

While M 3.6 earthquakes rarely cause damage, some minor cracks were reported on social media from the shaking.

According to the USGS, moderately damaging earthquakes strike somewhere in the region every few decades, and smaller earthquakes are felt roughly twice a year.

The largest known New England earthquakes occurred in 1638 (magnitude 6.5) in Vermont or New Hampshire, and in 1755 (magnitude 5.8) offshore from Cape Ann northeast of Boston.

The most recent New England earthquake to cause moderate damage occurred in 1940 (magnitude 5.6) in central New Hampshire.

22 Members Of One Family Killed Outside the Temple Walls

22 Members Of One Family Killed In Gaza


By editor • May 23, 2021
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LULU GARCIA-NAVARRO, HOST:

We’ve heard the numbers this past week – 12 killed in Israel, more than 240 killed in Gaza. A death is agonizing for either side. The kind of losses families in Gaza endured these past two weeks are devastating. Gaza officials say 19 families lost multiple relatives. In two of those cases, entire nuclear families were wiped out. NPR’s Daniel Estrin is in Gaza and met one extended family who lost more than any other, and they are left with questions.

DANIEL ESTRIN, BYLINE: Many people from around Gaza are coming to al-Wahda (ph) street to see the little that remains of the Qalaq (ph) family’s homes.

Laundry machine, mattresses, that’s a purse – a black and white striped purse.

The extended Qalaq family – uncles, aunts, brothers, children – all lived together here in two apartment buildings. It was about 1 a.m. on Sunday. Twenty-two-year-old Zainab (ph) was huddled inside with 16 members of her extended family.

ZAINAB QALAQ: In one room, we all together just hearing bombs everywhere, but we don’t know that it will come to our home. And it’s disaster.

ESTRIN: She saw the floor split open. She felt like she sank. The upper stories came crashing down on top of her.

Z QALAQ: I remember that my mom in my right hand and my sister in my left hand, but both of them passed away. And I hear them that – when they are dying. I can’t do anything.

ESTRIN: She was buried under rubble and could not move. Her cell phone was in her hand. She called her friend at 1:02 a.m. – call an ambulance. Two hours later, her phone battery died, and she was alone. She prayed to stay alive. It was 12 hours before she was pulled out of the rubble.

Z QALAQ: My mom, Aman (ph) – she’s – she says her name hope, hope for everyone she knows. She’s the most kind person you will meet ever. My sister – my only sister, Hanna (ph) – she’s the source of happiness for everyone. She’s still young. She’s a student at school. She has friends. She has hopes. She has dreams. I know all of her dreams, but all of them just go.

ESTRIN: Her 16-year-old sister learned Korean online. She was dreaming to travel to Korea. Now she’s dead. Her big brother, Taher (ph), 24, a civil engineering graduate, her little brother, Ahmad (ph), 17 – both dead. Only her father and brother survived.

Z QALAQ: We are civilians. So we don’t have – just why? Why they are just bombing us? What they want?

ESTRIN: The buzzing sound you hear in the background are Israeli drones somewhere in the sky. The building next door also collapsed. Another branch of the family, her cousins, were killed, accountant Mohammed (ph) and three of his four children, Mohammed’s brother, Izat (ph), a lawyer, his wife and two of their three children. All together, about 22 members of the extended family are gone. No other family in Gaza lost as many relatives in this war.

AZAM QALAQ: (Speaking non-English language).

ESTRIN: A surviving brother struggles to comprehend – Azam (ph), a mechanical electrician. Israel did not call them to warn them of the strike like the military did with many other civilians, allowing them to escape before their homes were bombed. Israel says it was targeting an underground Hamas facility, and the foundations of the homes above it collapsed.

A QALAQ: (Through interpreter) If I’m living above the tunnel, how did we know? We didn’t even know about it. And if it’s there, they should start it by before just striking it – just warning me here before.

ESTRIN: This family says it never suffered any other losses in previous wars. They say they’re unaffiliated with any militant group. In fact, they say they do a lot of import and export with business ties in Israel. Azam says he is for peace. Now he wants Israel to provide evidence there were tunnels under his home. His other brother, Maher (ph).

MAHER QALAQ: (Through interpreter) Once the Israelis give us evidence for their accusations that there was a tunnel under my house – OK? – I’ll start after that – OK? – filing a suit for Hamas and asking them – OK? – why they did that to me.

ESTRIN: Azam says he doesn’t want to seek revenge. He’d want to file a lawsuit with Israel. But in Israel, he says, quote, “The judge and the executioner are one in the same.”

GARCIA-NAVARRO: That’s NPR’s Daniel Estrin, who is on the line with us from Gaza City. Daniel, good morning.

ESTRIN: Good morning.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: Has Israel given any explanation why families like this were not warned before the strikes?

ESTRIN: I’m seeking answers on that, particularly on this strike, with the army. A military official says that they had been bombing Hamas tunnels underground and that Israel does not know exactly the route of all these tunnels. And if a tunnel is close to the surface, that the blast can cause a house to collapse. I cannot, of course, independently verify that there were tunnels there. I didn’t see anything like that.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: You know, Daniel, as you are in Gaza and you’re talking to people and you’re walking around, I’m wondering what you think rebuilding will look like in an enclave where even without open conflict, life is so hard.

ESTRIN: Yeah, I mean, we’ve seen this in past wars, Lulu. There are homes that need rebuilding – a lot of homes. Roads are bombed. Water sanitation pipes are damaged. And Israel is very strict about what materials go into Gaza to make sure that building materials do not go to Hamas military rebuilding. Right now, shops are open again. You know, Gazans don’t have a choice but to go on with their lives. But there are no answers to the real questions here. Will Hamas continue to rule Gaza? Will Israel keep leading a blockade on Gaza? The Palestinians I’ve met the last few days in Gaza are just focused on bouncing back. And they’re really traumatized.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: That’s NPR’s Daniel Estrin in Gaza City. Thank you very much.

ESTRIN: Thank you. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

China Nuclear Horn Resistant to Arms Talk: Daniel 7

FILE PHOTO: Chinese and U.S. flags flutter outside a company building in Shanghai

U.S. says China is resisting nuclear arms talks

Emma FargeTue, May 18, 2021, 4:16 AM·2 min read

By Emma Farge

GENEVA (Reuters) – China is resisting bilateral talks with the United States on nuclear weapons, the U.S. disarmament ambassador told a U.N. conference on Tuesday, as Washington seeks to advance efforts to reduce nuclear arms stockpiles.

“Despite the PRC’s dramatic build-up of its nuclear arsenal, unfortunately it continues to resist discussing nuclear risk reduction bilaterally with the United States,” said Robert Wood, referring to the People’s Republic of China.- ADVERTISEMENT -https://s.yimg.com/rq/darla/4-6-0/html/r-sf-flx.html

“To date Beijing has not been willing to engage meaningfully or establish expert discussions similar to those we have with Russia. We sincerely hope that will change,” he added.

In an apparent rebuttal, China’s envoy later told the same virtual U.N. meeting that Beijing was prepared for dialogue.

“We stand ready to carry out positive dialogue and exchange with all parties to jointly explore effective measures to reduce nuclear risk and to contribute to global strategic security,” Ji Zhaoyu said.

The exchange came at a discussion on the Prevention of Nuclear War at the 65-member U.N. Conference on Disarmament based in Geneva. The body, which makes decisions by consensus, has not reached a major agreement in decades but is often the theatre for tense rhetorical exchanges between superpowers.

Earlier this year, Russia and the United States agreed to extend the New START arms control treaty for five years, preserving the last treaty limiting deployments of the world’s two largest strategic nuclear arsenals.

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Joe Biden are set to discuss arms control and security issues at a meeting and strategic nuclear stability will be on the agenda. Wood said on Tuesday he hoped that such bilateral discussions may lay the groundwork for nuclear disarmament and future arms control treaties.

(Reporting by Emma Farge; Editing by Catherine Evans, William Maclean)

Turkmen front concerned over move to return Antichrist’s men to Kirkuk base

Turkmen front concerned over move to return Peshmerga officers to Kirkuk base


Kurdish Region Peshmerga forces. File Photo: Bilind T Abdullah/Rudaw
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ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — The decision to deploy Peshmerga officers to a Kirkuk military base has brought opposition from the Turkmen front in the province while an Iraqi Shiite MP ensures the move will not mean the complete return of Kurdish forces.

The Turkmen front in Kirkuk has expressed concern about the return of Peshmerga following the move to deploy several Peshmerga officers to Kirkuk’s K1 military base as part of joint coordination centers to fight Islamic State (ISIS) remnants in areas with a security vacuum.

“The war against ISIS should not be an excuse to create a political achievement on account of the province’s security and stability,” read a Saturday statement from the Turkmen front. “Any coordination center with forces of the (Kurdistan) Region has to be outside the administrative borders of the Kirkuk province because its presence inside Kirkuk violates the constitution and parliamentary decisions.”

There is a void of security in areas disputed between the Kurdistan Region and the Iraqi government, where forces from neither side operate. Iraqi forces drove Peshmerga out of these areas in 2017 after the Kurdistan Region’s independence referendum but have not been able to cement their control in areas with rugged terrain that are home to ethnically mixed populations. In some areas, the gap between the two security forces is 40 kilometers wide.

The potential return of Peshmerga forces seems to disturb the Turkmen front, despite the recent ISIS uptick of terrorist activities in the area.

MP Badr al-Ziyadi, a member of the parliamentary committee in the Sairoon alliance that is supported by Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, justified the concern and ensured there would be no official return of Peshmerga forces.

“They have experience with them, there were problems before, that’s why they don’t want Peshmerga to return to Kirkuk,” Ziyadi told Iraqi state media on Sunday, referring to the Turkmen front and the Popular Mobilization Forces. “According to the agreement, Peshmerga forces are not returning.”

Ziyadi added only a number of officers would return as part of a joint coordination center which would only act on orders from the Iraqi prime minister.

A Peshmerga official also reiterated the decision was not for Kurdish forces to return to Kirkuk on Saturday.

“There is no decision for the deployment of Peshmerga forces to Kirkuk,” Major General Qaraman Kamal, vice chief of staff of Peshmerga forces, told Rudaw. “What is decided upon is that the operations cells will begin their work, consisting of military operations, intelligence, and coordination between Peshmerga forces and Iraqi forces (PMF).”

The war against terrorism is in fact the main concern for many others in the Iraqi security forces.

“Daesh [Islamic State or ISIS] does not distinguish between Kurds, Peshmerga or the [Iraqi] army. They target everyone and they are a common enemy,” Brig. Gen. Jasim Mohammed, commander of the Khurmatu Joint Operations Command, told Rudaw’s Hiwa Hussamaddin on Saturday.

The uptick in ISIS attacks has also concerned the American side along with the Iraqi.

The group has “successfully exploited gaps in security coverage in disputed areas along the boundary that separates the Iraqi Kurdistan Region from the rest of Iraq,” the Pentagon stated in its latest quarterly report on anti-ISIS operations.

ISIS militants in the disputed areas threaten local populations, extort money, and kidnap and kill both civilians and security forces.

Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani said in a conference in Erbil on Wednesday that ISIS is more active than it used to be in the past.

“We find ISIS more active than before in the areas known as Article 140 areas, and it constantly seeks to sabotage stability and security in these areas, and if we want political stability to be achieved in Iraq, these problems must be solved,” he said, referring to the disputed areas.

In its weekly propaganda newspaper al-Naba, ISIS claimed on Thursday that it had conducted 9 attacks across Iraq between May 13 and May 19, killing and injuring 11 people, a toll significantly lower than in previous weeks.

The Iranian Nuclear Horn Rejects Saudi Arabia: Daniel

Iran Rejects Saudi Calls To Discuss Tehran’s Missiles And Regional Role


Iran’s Parliament Speaker Says He Hopes Israel Will Disappear ‘As A Virus’

Monday, 24 May 2021 17:31

Speaker of Iran’s parliament Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf (Qalibaf) has told the visiting Syrian deputy speaker of parliament that he hopes Palestinians will achieve victory and the “Zionist parasite and virus will be eradicated” from the region.

Ghalibaf met Mohammad Akram al-Ajlani on the sidelines of the Fourth Extraordinary Meeting of Permanent Committee on Palestine at the Parliamentary Union of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Member States (PUIC) in Tehran on Monday.

Ghalibaf also told al-Ajlani that Syria is the “front line” of the “resistance”, a term used by Iran to denote its allies and proxies in the region. He expressed hope for stronger ties and cooperation with Syria that could serve “the defense and protection of Palestine,” Fars news close to the Revolutionary Guard reported.

Ghalibaf also stated: The latest victory of the Palestinian nation in fact is a big victory for the resistance front, Palestinians residing in the occupied lands, in Gaza and also for Islamic world.

Iranian officials have often called for Israel’s annihilation using different language and tone. Not only Iran does not recognize the Jewish state but it never uses the word Israel. Instead, Iranian officials and the state-controlled media use “Zionist entity” for Israel and Zionists for its Jewish population.

The Syrian deputy speaker expressed hope for a productive inter-parliamentary meeting and said his country “extends its hand in good faith” for cooperation to solve the region’s problems, especially in regard with the Palestinian people.

The Iranian Horn Shuts Down the IAEA: Daniel 8:4

Iran says inspectors may no longer get nuclear sites images

Iran’s parliament speaker said Sunday that international inspectors may no longer access surveillance images of the Islamic Republic’s nuclear sites, escalating tensions amid diplomatic efforts in Vienna to save Tehran’s atomic accord with world powers.

The comments by Iran’s parliament speaker Mohammad Bagher Qalibaf, aired by state TV, further underscored the narrowing window for the U.S. and others to reach terms with Iran. The Islamic Republic is already enriching and stockpiling uranium at levels far beyond those allowed by its 2015 nuclear deal.

“Regarding this, and based on the expiration of the three-month deadline, definitely the International Atomic Energy Agency will not have the right to access images from May 22,” Qalibaf said. May 22 was Saturday.

The International Atomic Energy Agency had said its director-general would brief reporters later Sunday in Vienna. The United Nations agency did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Under what is called an “Additional Protocol” with Iran, the IAEA “collects and analyzes hundreds of thousands of images captured daily by its sophisticated surveillance cameras,” the agency said in 2017. The agency also said then that it had placed “2,000 tamper-proof seals on nuclear material and equipment.”

Iran’s hard-line parliament in December approved a bill that would suspend part of U.N. inspections of its nuclear facilities if European signatories did not provide relief from oil and banking sanctions by February. The IAEA struck a three-month deal with Iran to have it hold the surveillance images, with Tehran threatening to delete them afterward if no deal had been reached.

It wasn’t immediately clear if the images from February had been deleted. Before Qalibaf’s remarks, lawmaker Ali Reza Salimi urged an open session of parliament to ensure Iran’s civilian nuclear arm “erased” the images. The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran did not immediately comment on the decision.

“Order the head of the Atomic Energy Organization to avoid delay,” said Salimi, a cleric from Iran’s central city of Delijan. The “recorded images in the cameras should be eliminated.”

It also wasn’t clear what this meant for in-person inspections by the IAEA. There are 18 nuclear facilities and nine other locations in Iran under IAEA safeguards.

Qalibaf said Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has final say on all matters of state, supported the decision.

In 2018, then-President Donald Trump pulled the U.S. unilaterally out of the nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. An escalating series of incidents since Trump’s withdrawal has threatened the wider Mideast.

Over a year ago, a U.S. drone strike killed a top Iranian general, causing Tehran to later launch ballistic missiles that wounded dozens of American troops in Iraq.

A mysterious explosion also struck Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility, which Iran has described as sabotage. In November, Iranian scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, who founded the country’s military nuclear program some two decades earlier, was killed in an attack Tehran blames on Israel.

The Iranian Horn attacks Babylon the Great again: Daniel 8

Single Rocket Hits Near Iraqi Air Base Hosting US Troops


Monday, 24 May 2021 17:31

Speaker of Iran’s parliament Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf (Qalibaf) has told the visiting Syrian deputy speaker of parliament that he hopes Palestinians will achieve victory and the “Zionist parasite and virus will be eradicated” from the region.

Ghalibaf met Mohammad Akram al-Ajlani on the sidelines of the Fourth Extraordinary Meeting of Permanent Committee on Palestine at the Parliamentary Union of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Member States (PUIC) in Tehran on Monday.

Ghalibaf also told al-Ajlani that Syria is the “front line” of the “resistance”, a term used by Iran to denote its allies and proxies in the region. He expressed hope for stronger ties and cooperation with Syria that could serve “the defense and protection of Palestine,” Fars news close to the Revolutionary Guard reported.

Ghalibaf also stated: The latest victory of the Palestinian nation in fact is a big victory for the resistance front, Palestinians residing in the occupied lands, in Gaza and also for Islamic world.

Iranian officials have often called for Israel’s annihilation using different language and tone. Not only Iran does not recognize the Jewish state but it never uses the word Israel. Instead, Iranian officials and the state-controlled media use “Zionist entity” for Israel and Zionists for its Jewish population.

The Syrian deputy speaker expressed hope for a productive inter-parliamentary meeting and said his country “extends its hand in good faith” for cooperation to solve the region’s problems, especially in regard with the Palestinian people.